Sick Leave for B.C. Government employees

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If you are having health issues and need time off from work, paid leave is available. Those eligible for sick leave will receive a percentage of their salary with uninterrupted benefits.

Short Term Sick Leave

Short term sick leave allows time off work when you're ill or injured. Under the Short Term Illness and Injury Plan (STIIP), eligible employees continue to receive a large percentage of their salary and benefits coverage while off work due to illness or injury. If you're medically unable to be at work and need time to recuperate, you need to

  • Let us know right away. Let your supervisor know about your limitations and restrictions and the length of your recovery. Keep them up to date on progress. Think about what you can do and discuss options for modifying your duties and/or hours when able to work in some capacity
  • Record your days off in the Time and Leave management system. Ask your supervisor to do this on your behalf if necessary
  • Stay in touch. Keep the lines of communication open and let your supervisor know if there’s anything job related impacting your health

In some cases, you may be contacted by an occupational health nurse or an early intervention and return to work specialist who can help develop a suitable rehabilitation and return to work plan. A doctor’s certificate may also be requested.

Those eligible for sick leave will receive a percentage of their salary with uninterrupted benefits.

WorkSafeBC Claims

Report workplace injuries to your supervisor immediately. You can also apply for WorkSafeBC benefits if a workplace injury causes you to seek medical attention or be absent. How to make a WorkSafeBC claim.

Long Term Disability (LTD) Plan

If you’ve been on short term leave for three months and a full return to work doesn’t seem likely after six months of leave, you should apply for LTD benefits.

Reporting Other Income, Subrogation & Integration of Funds

As an employee, you have an obligation to report funds from other sources to the employer. The STIIP and LTD plans provide the employer with the right to integrate these funds and recover costs. Employees are generally not entitled to receive double compensation for the same illness or injury and these funds may be deductible from STIIP and LTD benefits.

Please email Great West Life or call them at 1 888 292-4111 if you have a lawsuit pending as a result of illness or injury, or to report any other income received such as from WorkSafeBC, ICBC, private insurance, employment insurance, CPP or income assistance.